After 36 years of being a member of The Firs staff, the last half as Executive Director, Tom Beaumont will be retiring from his service here at the end of December 2020. Tom and Mary came to The Firs in January of 1985 and since that time, Tom has served as Day Camp Director, Conference Center Director, Business Manager, Assistant Executive Director and Executive Director. The Beaumont kids (Michelle, Brian and Molly) grew up at The Firs and participated in numerous programs and summer staffs over the years. For the immediate future, Tom and Mary will remain in the neighborhood and available to support the ministry where needed, as retired staff. Tom will continue to be available to support camp ministries and camp directors on a national level, as well.
“I, and my family, have been blessed immensely over the years by being a part of the ministry here. I can’t imagine a better place to raise my family nor a better place for children, youth and adults to encounter Jesus than here at The Firs. The grounds and facilities and settings are extraordinary. The camps, conferences, programs and events have provided me with countless memories. But the people of The Firs – those I worked side-by-side with over the years and those who support what we do are what enriched my life more than anything else.” –Tom
The Firs Board of Trustees have been working through a succession plan for over a year now that has been met with a number of challenges, not the least being that of the pandemic. The search for Tom’s replacement will continue as the new year arrives. In the meantime, the board has asked Jon Epps to expand his duties as Director of Operations to include Executive Director responsibilities, until such a time as a new director is found.
For the past two years, Jon has served as Director of Camps and Retreats, which saw him overseeing our ministries to youth at Firwood and the Chalet. With some re-structuring this fall, Jon has assumed a broader responsibility as Director of Operations. Jon and his family returned to The Firs a few years ago, having pursed an MDiv, followed by over a decade directing young adult ministries in Seattle and Bellingham. Jon is a former Firwood summer staffer with a deep passion for discipleship and team building. He will do well in this interim capacity.